Throughout this ferocious war on drugs, we have seen many crimes against humanity. There are so many people suffering that it is impossible to cover everything. Sometimes we as correspondents concentrate so much on the big stories, the big events we know that the public (you) would be interested in, that we sometimes forget to actually concentrate on the people who are actually suffering through this day by day nightmare, which is why I have decided to cover a certain individuals story.
This person contacted me desperately asking for help, and willing to share the story with this blog. I will keep the identity anonymous, but I was asked to publish the name of the person involved. I will translate this for you guys, and I know we try to make these postings with pictures and videos, but this story requires no pictures.
This is a long story guys, so bare with me. I will translate this story word per word, and try to make it as reader friendly as I can, since sometimes when you convert Spanish to English, it doesn’t completely make sense. (Unless your name is bugss, then you have amazing grammar skills).
I will post first, the story in english, then my comment, and at the bottom I will post the entire story as it was typed, just incase you guys want to read the original.
This is Her Story...
Well my boyfriend, Alberto Ramirez Barcenas, he was living in Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, and I live in Reynosa. Every Tuesday, he would come to Reynosa to visit me, but on Tuesday 2nd of march of 2010 I called him to tell him not to come on that day, he was to show up until the following day, Wednesday 3rd of March.
He later called me at around 3:39pm to let me know that he was ok, and that he would show up on Wednesday, after confirming he was coming, he wasn’t supposed to call me anymore, but on that same day, Tuesday 2nd of march of 2010, I received a call from his phone at 9:45pm, I thought it was odd of him to call, but I answered. I pick up my phone and say, “Hello”, but nobody answers, again I repeat, “Hello?”, but still nobody answered.
I got scared because I did not know who the voice behind the phone belonged to, I started to say “hello, hello?!”, but the call dropped. I called my boyfriends phone again, but nobody answered. I called him 16 times, but still nobody answered, the phone would ring and ring but no answer. I then send him a text message to his phone, asking him what was going on, but no answer. I text and called him all night.
On Wednesday, I called his phone again, but the phone kept sending me to his inbox every time. I tried calling him all day but the call would not go through. It wasn’t until Thursday morning when I called his phone that I finally got a different outcome, his phone would not ring, but it sounded busy.
After countless times of trying to call his phone, it got to the point where it just would not ring at all, that’s when I got really worried. I was worried because I didn’t even have a number for his family, to at least call them to ask them if they knew what was going on.
Thursday afternoon I receive a call from one of his sisters, asking me if he was here in Reynosa with me because he had not showed up for work, and he had barrowed his Cousins Truck. I decided to tell her what had happened, about the voice on the phone and what he said on the radio. It wasn’t until after I told them, that I found out that his niece had seen his truck in a Caravan with the insignias of the CDG in Miguel Aleman.
After that, his sisters, his mother and his cousin all went down to the Municipal Police to report him as a missing person. The cops there where interrogating them, trying to make sure he wasn’t working with the “Guardia” (Zetas), but no, he was working as a security guard in the bridge of Miguel Aleman and Reynosa.
Since he had lost his job and couldn’t get employed anywhere, one of his cousins who had been in an accident and needed special care, hired him as a nurse. He would help him with therapies and would take care of him during the night shift.
His work schedule was from 8pm to 8am, that’s why I thought it was strange that the man behind his cell phone would say that, because he should have been at his work. After that I left to Miguel Aleman, to investigate what was happening.
Before parting for Miguel Aleman, I called a friend of mine, he works for the Mexican Military, to ask for his help. He told me that his superiors had told him that they could not intervene, that’s when I send an email to “Octava Zona Militar” firstname.lastname@example.org, pleading my case to them.
They answered immediately, and asked me to send them more details, but after I did, they stopped responding, so I decided to go to Central Zone of Reynosa, where I found the military.
I talked to the “Comandante” and I explained my situation, but he only told me I had to go directly to the main military headquarters here in Reynosa, or to call this number, 899-926-6633 so that they could update me on my case, but nobody answered the phone.
I decided to go to the military headquarters, but once there I wasn't allowed to go in. After that I decided to go back to Miguel Aleman, and that’s where my boyfriends family told me what had happened.
My boyfriend had left his house in the “Col. Americo Villareal, in the “Poblado Los Guerra”, in Miguel Aleman, approximately around 7 in the afternoon, since he goes into work at 8pm. He was driving his cousins truck, a 2001 grey storm ford, with Texas plates. He was wearing a square shirt, color melon with yellow, green and light blue stripes, with a khakis dress pants.
So he left his house to his job, that’s when a cousin of his saw him, at what used to be a restaurant in Don Miguel, at around 7:15pm. He was going towards his job, in the center of Miguel Aleman, so he was on time for his job.
He was doing good time, and more since the bad people and narcos of Miguel Aleman warn people not to leave their houses after 8pm, they said they didn’t want to see anyone in the streets after 8. That’s the main reason my boyfriend would leave so early to get to his job before the deadline.
My boyfriend called me on the 2nd of March, at around 9:54pm, but he left his house and his cousin saw him at around 7:15, from his house to his job, maximum turns into a 10 minute drive. He never got to his job, and between the time his cousin saw him, to the time when I got his call and heard the man on the radio, there is a big time gap.
I think that this people, the “narcos” got a hold of him, and where driving him around, when my boyfriend saw they where not going to let him go, he probably called me without them knowing so that I would know he was not coming back. This happened Tuesday the 2nd of March.
His niece saw the truck in a Caravan with CDG insignias on it, the officers had not found the truck, and his cousin did not want to give us the plates of the truck because he wanted no trouble with this people. Days went by, and I was left with no other option, but to wait..
On a Friday afternoon, I received a call from one of my boyfriend’s sisters, she told me that she had gotten a call letting her know that they had found some bodies, and she needed to go to check the bodies, see if she could identify any of the bodies as her brother.
They ran some DNA tests on his mom and sister to make sure that the DNA did not match with any of the bodies, but they had no results, because the bodies had been found in a decomposition state.
According to them, that’s how they found them. The bodies where found by the Mexican Military in a piece of land where they where going to set up camp, they saw that the land had been removed and that’s where they found them.
According to them, when they did the autopsy on the body, they had already been dead for 9 days, they could not make any DNA tests because our samples, by the time they got to the laboratory, they where no good.
His family then proceeded to try and identify the body by its belongings. His brother said he identified one of the bodies by the shirt he was wearing, he said it matched the shirt my boyfriend was wearing, so we concluded that it was him. They received the body with the coffin sealed shut, since the body was already in a decomposition state.
We buried him on the 17th of March, 2010 in Miguel Aleman.
I swore at what was supposed to be his tomb, that I would have revenge on his death, that I would find the people responsible and I would make them pay, because it was not possible that a person who never did anything wrong, could end up like that.
After that, I left back to Reynosa and I did not give up on my investigation. When I was back in Reynosa, for reasons beyond my logic, I find out that my boyfriend is not dead, he is alive and they are holding him captive.
A friend of mine helped me with this, he was investigating for me and he found out that they have kept him alive ever since. The worst part though, is that the people who are keeping him captive, have not asked for a ransom or a condition to let him free.
The only thing I know is that he is being held captive after 2 months since he disappeared, and after his whole family buried what they thought was his body. I don’t know if this people will let him go, or when, and I know that his family will think I am crazy if I tell them he is alive, but here I send this note directed to the “Cartel Del Golfo”.
If you have my boyfriend captive, please don’t hurt him, he is innocent, he is a hardworking and very much loved person. A lot of people love him because he is a very happy person, and he has never been involved in anything bad.
Please tell me what you want, or until when are you planning on letting him go. You always say that your work is against the “Zetas” not against the innocent people. If that is really true, then prove it, prove to this town that you came here to finish with the injustice being committed by the “Zetas” and give us a sample of your good will. Please contact me through this media, so you can talk directly with me and see what I can do so that you can let him go. I am under your disposition and orders. DIOSA EGIPTA, Thanks and I await your response.
She kept telling me how it is important for people to stop being afraid, how we have to show this people that we can communicate and are not afraid to speak out. She said she does not fear for her life, she only fears for her children. Just like her, everyday people who are in no way involved with the organized crime, get sucked into this situations. After all of this, Calderon is trying to tell us, "Most of the people killed in this war, are criminals"..
Are you kidding me? How can politics sit there and tell everyone that the war is under control, when we see the gunfire and deaths everyday. Mexico is at war, while Calderon is taking trips to see the CarShows.. Below is the story exactly as it was typed to me.
hola, pues aqui esta la historia.
BUENO, MI NOVIO DE NOMBRE ALBERTO RAMIREZ BARCENAS, EL VIVE EN MIGUEL ALEMAN, TAMAULIPAS, YO VIVO EN REYNOSA TAMAULIPAS, EL VENIA SIEMPRE TODOS LOS MARTES A VERME AQUI A REYNOSA, PERO EL MARTES 02 DE MARZO DEL 2010 LE LLAME TEMPRANO POR LA MAÑANA A SU CELULAR PARA DECIRLE QUE NO VINIERA ESE DIA HASTA EL DIA SIGUIENTE QUE ERA MIERCOLES 03 DE MARZO, LUEGO EL ME LLAMO COMO A LAS 3:39 PM PARA DECIRME QUE ESTABA BIEN QUE EL VENDRIA EL MIERCOLES, CUANDO EL ME DICE QUE DIA VA A VENIR YA NO VUELVE A LLAMARME, PERO ESE DIA MARTES 02 DE MARZO DEL 2010 ME LLAMO A LAS 9:54 PM, TIMBRO MI CELULAR, SE ME HIZO RARO QUE FUERA EL, CONTESTE Y........ CUANDO DIJE BUENO, NADIE CONTESTABA, VOLVI A DECIR BUENO, TRES VECES PERO NADIE CONTESTABA Y A LA CUARTA VEZ QUE DIJE BUENO,, SE ESCUCHO LA VOZ DE UN HOMBRE QUE HABLABA POR RADIO QUE DECIA
AQUI TENEMOS A UN CHAVO EN UNA LOBO NEGRA QUE HACEMOS O QUE, YO ME ASUSTE, POR QUE EL HOMBRE QUE HABLABA NO LO CONOCIA, ENTONCES VOLVI A DECIR BUENO, BUENO, PERO LA LLAMADA SE CORTO Y YO MARQUE ENTONCES AL CELULAR DE MI NOVIO PERO NADIE CONTESTABA EL CELULAR, LO LLAME 16 VECES PERO NADIE CONTESTABA SOLO TIMBRABA Y TIMBRABA, LUEGO LE ENVIE MENSAJES DE TEXTO A SU CELULAR PREGUNTANDOLE QUE PASABA PERO NO ME RESPONDIA LOS MENSAJES, ASI ESTUVE MARCANDOLE TODA LA NOCHE PERO NADIE CONTESTABA, LUEGO EL MIERCOLES VOLVIA A MARCAR PERO ME MANDABA AL BUZON, LE MARQUE TODO EL DIA PERO ME SEGUIA MARCANDO AL BUZON, HASTA QUE FINALMENTE EL JUEVES EN LA MAÑANA MARQUE PERO SONABA COMO OCUPADO SE ESCUCHABA TITITITITITITITITI, Y ASI ESTUVO HASTA QUE LUEGO YA NI SIQUIERA ESE SONIDO DABA CUANDO MARCABA, ENTONCES ME PREOCUPE, Y MAS PORQUE NO TENIA NI UN NUMERO DE SU FAMILIA PARA PREGUNTARLE QUE PASABA, PERO ESE DIA JUEVES EN LA TARDE UNA DE SUS HERMANAS ME LLAMO A MI CELULAR PARA PREGUNTARME SI EL ESTABA AQUI ENR EYNOSA CONMIGO, PORQUE EL MARTES NO SE RPESENTO A TRABAJAR Y TRAIA LA CAMIONETA DE SU PRIMO Y NO SABIAN NADA DE EL, ENTONCES LES DIJE LO QUE HABIA ESCUCHADO CUANDO LO LLAME SOBRE EL HOMBRE QUE HABLABA POR RADIO, ENTONCES ME ENTERE QUE SU SOBRINA VIO LA CAMIONETA EN LA QUE EL ANDABA EN UNA CARAVANA DEL CDG EN MIGUEL ALEMAN.
LUEGO UNA DE SUS HERMANAS, SU MAMA Y SU PRIMA FUERON A LA POLICIA MINISTERIAL A REPORTARLO COMO DESAPARECIDO, LOS POLICIAS LAS INTERROGARON PARA VER SI EL TRABAJABA EN LA GUARDIA (ZETAS), PERO NO, EL ESTUVO TRABAJANDO EN COMO GUARDIA DE SEGURIDAD EN EL PUENTE DE MIGUEL ALEMAN Y EN EL PUENTE DE REYNOSA, PERO COMO SE QUEDO SIN TRABAJO Y NO CONSEGUIA EMPLEO UN PRIMO SUYO QUE HABIA TENIDO UN ACCIDENTE Y NECESITABA CUIDADOS ESPECIALES LE DIO TRABAJO COMO ENFERMERO, EL LE DABA LAS TERAPIAS Y LO ATENDIA EN EL TURNO DE LA NOCHE, SU HORARIO DE TRABAJO ERA DE 8 PM A 8 AM, POR ESO MAS EXTRAÑO SE ME HIZO QUE EL HOMBRE ESTE QUE HABLABA POR RADIO DIJERA ESO, PORQUE EL TENDRIA QUE HABER ESTADO EN SU TRABAJO, ENTONCES ME FUI A MIGUEL ALEMAN PARA VER QUE ESTABA PASANDO.
CONTINUA EN EL OTRO MENSAJE LA PARTE 2
ANTES DE IR A MIGUEL ALEMAN LLAME A UN AMIGO QUE TRABAJA EN EL EJERCITO, PARA PEDIRLE AYUDA, PERO NO ME CONTESTO, DIJO QUE SUS JEFES LE HABIAN DICHO QUE ELLOS NO PODIAN INTERVENIR, ENTONCES ENVIE UN EMAIL A LA OCTAVA ZONA MILITAR
EXPLICANDOLES EL CASO, ME CONTESTARON DE INMEDIATO, ME PIDIERON QUE LES ENVIARA MAS DETALLES DEL ASUNTO, ASI QUE LES ENVIE OTRO CORREO CON LUJO DE DETALLES, PERO DESPUES DE ESO YA NO ME VOLVIERON A CONTESTAR, ASI QUE CUANDO FUI A LA ZONA CENTRO DE REYNOSA ENCONTRE A UNOS MILITARES Y ME ATENDIO EL COMANDANTE Y LE DIJE MI SITUACION, PERO ME DIJO QUE FUERA DIRECTAMENTE AL CUARTEL MILITAR AQUI EN REYNOSA, O QUE LLAMARA A ESTE NUMERO
PARA QUE ME DIJERAN COMO IBA MI CASO, PERO NADIE CONTESTABA EN ESE NUMERO, ENTONCES FUI AL CUARTEL MILITAR PERO NO ME DEJARON ENTRAR, ENTONCES FUI A MIGUEL ALEMAN Y YA ME DIJO LA FAMILIA DE MI NOVIO LO QUE HABIA PASADO:
MI NOVIO SALIO DE SU CASA EN LA COL. AMERICO VILLRREAL, EN EL POB, LOS GUERRA, EN MIGUEL ALEMAN APROXIMADAMENTE COMO A LAS 7 DE LA TARDE PARA IR A SU TRABAJO POR QUE EL ENTRA A LAS 8 DE LA NOCHE A TRABAJAR COM ENFERMERO, TRAIA LA CAMIONETA DE SU PRIMO UNA LOBO 2001 COLOR GRIS TORMENTA CON PLACAS DE TEXAS, EL VESTIA CAMISA DE CUADRITOS COLOR MELON CON RAYITAS AMARILLAS Y CELESTES Y VERDES, PANTALON DE VESTIR COLOR BEIGE Y ZAPATOS NEGROS DE PUNTA, SE ACABABA DE CORTAR EL CABELLO, ENTONCES EL SALIO DE SU CASA PARA SU TRABAJO, ENTONCES UN PRIMO SUYO LO VIO A LA ALTURA DEL ANTES RESTAURANT DON MIGUEL COMO A LAS 7:15 APROXIMADAMENTE, QUE IBA RUMBO A SU TRABAJO EN EL CENTRO DE MIGUEL ALEMAN, OSEA QUE EL IBA A TIEMPO A TU TRABAJO Y MAS PORQUE EN MIGUEL ALEMAN, LAS GENTES MALAS O NARCOS LE ADVIRTIERON A LA POBLACION QUE NO SALIERAN DE SUS CASA DESPUES DE LAS 8 DE LA NOCHE, QUE NO QUERIAN VER A NADIE DESPUES DE ESAS HORAS EN LA CALLE, POR ESO MI NOVIA SE IBA TEMPRANO AL TRABAJO, ENTONCES RESULTA QUE EL ME LLAMO A MI EL 02 DE MARZO A LAS 9:54 PM, PERO EL SALIO DE SU CASA Y SU PRIMO LO VIO COMO A LAS 7:15, DE SU CASA A SU TRABAJO EN CAMIONETA SE HACE MAXIMO 10 MINUTOS, PERO EL NO LLEGO A SU TRABAJO, Y DE LA HORA QUE SU PRIMO LO VIO A LA HORA QUE A MI ME LLAMO MI NOVIO HAY MUCHA DIFERENCIA, YO PIENSO QUE ESTAS GENTES MALAS (NARCOS) SE LO LLEVARON POR AHI, Y COMO MI NOVIO VIO QUE NO LO IBAN A DEJAR IR, ME LLAMO A MI CELULAR SIN QUE ESTAS GENTES SE DIERAN CUENTA, PARA QUE YO SUPIERA QUE SE LO IBAN A LLEVAR, ENTONCES ESO PASO EL MAETES 02 DE MARZO DEL 2010, Y SU SOBRINA VIO LA CAMIONETA EL MIERCOLES 03 DE MARZO EN LA TARDE EN UNA CARAVANA DEL CDG, PERO LA CAMIONETA SEGUN TAMPOCO LA HAN ENCONTRADO Y EL PRIMO DE EL QUE ES EL DUEÑO DE LA CAMIONETA NO QUISO DARNOS LAS PLACAS PARA QUELA POLICIA LA BUSCARA PORQUE NO QUERIA PROBLEMAS CON ESTAS GENTES, LUEGO PASARON LOS DIAS Y SOLO NOS QUEDABA ESPERAR A VER QUE PASABA
ENTONCES UN DIA VIERNES POR LA TARDE ME LLAMO UNA DE LAS HERMANAS DE MI NOVIO PARA DECIRME QUE LES HABIAN LLAMADO PARA DECIRLES QUE HABIAN ENCONTRADO UNOS CUERPOS Y QUE TENIAN QUE IR PARA IDENTIFICAR A VER SI UNO DE ELLOS ERA EL DE MI NOVIO, ENTONCES FUE SU MAMA Y SUS HERMANAS, A SU MAMALE HICIERON UN EXAMEN DEL PANCREAS PARA VER SI COINCIDIA CON ALGUNO DE LOS CUERPOS, PERO NO TUVIERON RESULTADOS, PORQUE LOS CUERPOS YA ESTABAN EN ESTADO DE DESCOMPOSICION, SEGUN LOS CUERPO FUERON HALLADOS ASI:
LOS CUERPO LOS ENCONTRARON LOS SOLDADOS EN UNA BRECHA CUANDO BUSCABAN DONDE ACAMPAR, VIERON QUE LA TIERRA ESTABA REMOVIDA ASI QUE SE PUSIERON A EXCAVAR Y ENCONTRARON VARIOS CUERPOS, SEGUN CUANDO LE HICIERON LA AUTOPSIA YA TENIAN 9 DIAS DE HABER MUERTO, COMONO PUDIERON HACER LOS ANALISIS DE ADN PORQUE SEGUN CUANDO ENVIARON LA SANGRE YA ESTABA COAGULADA Y ASI NO SE PODIAN HACER ESTAS PRUEBAS, SE PROCEDIO A QUE UN FAMILIAR IDENTIFICARA EL CUERPO PARA VER SI UNO DE ELLOS ERA EL DE MI NOVIO, SU HERMANO SEGUN LO IDENTIFICO POR LA CAMISA QUE LLEVABA PUESTA ELCUERPO QUE COINCIDIA CON LA CAMISA QUE LLEVABA PUESTA MI NOVIO EL DIA QUE SE LO LLEVARON, ASI QUE SE DIO POR HECHO QUE ERA EL, LES ENTREGARON EL CUERPO CON EL ATAUD YA CELLADO, PORQUE YA ESTABA EN DESCOMPOSICION Y LO SEPULTAMOS EL 17 DE MARZO DEL 2010 EN MIGUEL ALEMAN, PERO
YO JURE EN SU SUPUESTA TUMBA QUE VENGARIA SU MUERTE, QUE ENCONTRARIA A LOS CULPABLES Y LOS HARIA PAGAR, PORQUE NO ERA POSIBLE QUE UNA PERSONA QUE NUNCA HIZO NADA MALO TERMINARA DE ESA FORMA, ENTONCES REGRESE A REYNOSA DEPUES DEL ENTIERRO Y SEGUI INVESTIGANDO Y OH SORPRESA LA MIA, POR RAZONES QUE LOGICO NO PUEDO DECIR COMO ME DI CUENTA, SUPE QUE MI NOVIO ESTA VIVO Y QUE LO TIENEN ARRAIGADO, LO MAS MALO DE TODO ESTO, ES QUE ESTAS GENTES QUE LO TIENEN NO HAN PEDIDO RESCATE NI NADA PARA DEJARLO IR, LO UNICO QUE SE ES QUE LO TIENEN VIVO Y ENCERRADO, PERO YA HAN PASADO CASI DOS MESES DE QUE SE LO LLEVARON Y LO PEOR ES QUE SU FAMILIA LO DIO POR MUERTO, YO LO SEGUI BUSCANDO PERO NO SE SI ESTAS GENTES LO DEJARAN LIBRE O NO Y HASTA CUANDO Y SE QUE SU FAMILIA ME VA A CREER LOCA SI LES DIGO QUE EL ESTA VIVO, ASI QUE AQUI VA UNA NOTA PARA EL CDG.:
SEÑORES DEL CDG, SI USTEDES TIENEN A MI NOVIO ARRAIGADO, POR FAVOR NO LO LASTIMEN, EL ES INOCENTE, ES UNA PERSONA TRABAJADORA Y MUY QUERIDA, MUCHA GENTE LO ESTIMA PORQUE ES UNA PERSONA MUY ALEGRE Y NUNCA A ANDADO EN MALOS PASOS, POR FAVOR DIGANME LO QUE QUIEREN O HASTA CUANDO TIENEN PENSADO DEJARLO IR, SE SUPONE QUE USTEDES SU TRABAJO ES CONTRA LOS ZETAS NO CONTRA GENTE INOCENTE,SI EN VERDAD ESO ES ASI, DEMUESTRENLE AL PUEBLO QUE EN VERDAD USTEDES VINIERON A ACABAR CON LAS INJUSTICIAS DE PARTE DE LOS ZETAS Y DEN UNA MUESTRA DE SU BUENA VOLUNTAD, POR FAVOR CONTACTENME POR ESTE MEDIO PARA HABLAR DIRECTAMENTE CONMIGO Y VER QUE PUEDO HACER YO PARA QUE LO DEJEN IR, ESTOY A SUS ORDENES, ATENTAMENTE: DIOSA EGIPCIA. GRACIAS Y ESPERO UNAPRONTA RESPUESTA DE SU PARTE.